Reading Slump?

OK...I admit it...I'm in a slump with my reading.  And I can't quite figure out what's causing my slump...making it all the more difficult to "snap out of it".  Here are my thoughts on possible slump-causers:

  • Feeling a pressure to read?  Prior to ReadingYA and blogging, I simply read when I wanted to read (which, admittedly, was all the time).  But now that I NEED to be reading, I feel a pressure.  I don't like to feel pressured :)  Suddenly, TV shows and Pinterest are attracting more of my attention.
  • A run of not-so-good books?  Before blogging, when I started a book I wasn't feeling, I just stopped reading it and didn't give it another thought.  Now (especially with review copies) I feel the need to "give it another shot" ~and/or~ come up with valid justification as to why I wasn't in love with said book.  Again...pressure :)
  • Reading YA vs. reading non-YA?  In my pre-blogging days, I would slip seamlessly between the two genres...selecting my next read based on my mood, etc.  Now, I feel my reading ratio of YA to non-YA books should lean heavily toward the YA side.
What are your thoughts?  Do YOU ever find yourself in a reading slump?  What do you do to break the cycle?  Any comments on my thoughts?  Helpful advice?  Friendly suggestions?  I'd love to hear from you!  Happy Reading :)


  1. Before I started my blog back in January, I was in a serious reading slump too. I was going strong at first, now I feel like I'm back to struggling with books for ALL of the reasons you mentioned. I guess I'm just muddling through, forcing myself through the not-so-good until I find something that rekindles the spark.

    Good luck, I hope you can find you way out!

  2. Oh, I get this- I had it not so long ago, actually, and just had to find a really fantastic book to get me back on track. I never considered whe I started blogging that I would end up reviewing books for anyone but myself, or from anyone but myself (or my library) and the pressure of keeping up with reviewing, reading personal books, trying new things, and for me writing too, is really tough. I really don't like it when I don't like/DNF a review book, and wether I end up reviewing it or not is always difficult. Sometimes I don't feel like I ought to, because I didn't finish it, but I feel obliged to. I guess it's best to think about what you want to do, what is best for your blog ect. at those times.

    Thanks for posting this! It's not so fantastic to feel this way, but knowing I'm not the only one is a little comforting. x